Odds and ends
Liberty and 117th in Queens, about 15 miles from the Upper West Side
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
World's worst newspaper?
Back from the Bronx
And was that a great @#*&$ ballgame!
Bottom of the ninth, tie game, one out, Matsui doubles to left and takes third on a throwing error. Two consecutive intentional walks; for some reason the Sox want to face Posada. Jim and I look at each other and say, "walk Posada." It's the only way it can possibly end -- and it does.
I definitely picked the right game of the series to go to.
This was my first experience with auto racing; I'd never even watched it on TV. And it was surprisingly enjoyable, even knowing virtually nothing going in.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Happy Memorial Day, everybody.
Here are some, well, memorials.
Washington Cemetery, Brooklyn
The front lawn of the old cemetery administration building seems to have yielded to a space crunch and itself become a burial ground, this time around for Russian Jews. I had no idea that this engraving technology existed.
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
I'm wondering if the people who are attempting to come up with a catchy name for my neighborhood will succeed in gentrifying it to the point where there are no slogans painted on the sidewalk discouraging the use of crack cocaine.
I suppose it's better to have the sidewalk graffiti discourage crack-smoking than encourage it, but still.
(For those just joining us, real-estate developers renamed Fulton Ferry/Vinegar Hill "DUMBO," or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Property values skyrocketed.)
Broad Channel, Queens
Far Rockaway, Queens
I don't know who Rudayday is, but he has a great eye for photography, and his Brooklyn DMV photos came out a lot better than mine (though his photo is conspicuously lacking in Hasidic Jews). And his Brooklyn Storefront Houses of Worship site, which I linked to a few weeks ago, is still one of the greatest photo collections I've ever seen on the web.
59th and (I think) 3rd
The Hold Steady at the Mighty Robot
For the birds
11:30 p.m. I'm waiting at Queens Plaza for the G train that just isn't coming, so I sit down, and the middle-aged guy two seats to my right is doing something strange. I look closer, and he has a little bird in his hand! He's caressing it, kissing it on the mouth, petting it, and it's squirming around a little. The train comes, we get on, and he puts the bird on his shoulder, first on one side of his red-striped jacket, then on the other. The little bird has a green body and a red tail that almost matches the jacket, and for a moment it's free to fly away -- but where would it go?
He plays with the bird a little more, kisses it a few more times, and puts it back in his jacket pocket, where I can see a little splash of green through the white fabric. He pulls out a Russian newspaper and starts reading, giving me a good look at the amateur (jailhouse?) tattoo on his right hand: Boris (in Cyrillic).
I feel a little connection: this average-looking guy, with combed-over black hair, long sideburns and alligator shoes, has a bird in his pocket, and no one on the train knows except him and me.
Then Boris folds up his newspaper, pats his pocket and gets off at Broadway, and it's over, except for my grin the rest of the way home.
I have NO idea:
Um, no thanks:
Missing some quotation marks?, Jackson Heights
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Met Life building, Madison Square
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
A gorgeous tag.
From the 4 train, somewhere in the Bronx
Melrose, The Bronx
Van Nest, The Bronx
Around the Gowanus
The most astounding part of Serenade was that the cops didn't shut us down until we'd more or less stopped bothering anyone, and then they even shut down the Williamsburg Bridge to let us through.
Not too many action photos; I was too busy beating a drum and blocking traffic.
Gearing up, at ABC No Rio
East River Park
Impromptu bodega serenade, Williamsburg
Miscellany, mostly trains
Q train, Brooklyn
A train, somewhere in Brooklyn
Remember this filled-in mosaic? Well, I think this one was a lot more democratic:
Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, lower level
Around Jamaica Bay
Jacob Riis Park, The Rockaways
Marine Parkway (a.k.a. Flatbush Avenue) Bridge
If I cropped out the top of these photos, would anyone believe they were taken in New York City?
More from Bushwick
I'm actually really starting to like Bushwick...found a great pupuseria, and what more does anyone need?
Floyd Bennett Field
Stumbled across this little gem on my way from Flatbush to Rockaway Park.
Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn
Best thing I've seen all week
Kings Plaza, Brooklyn
We were just lying down, but they'll say that we fell
Brooklyn Botanic Garden